Meet Bristol: Conferences - Bristol SU


Bristol is an ideal destination for conferencing. Easily accessible by air, road and rail Bristol is the largest city in the South West of England and just 1hr 30 minutes away from London by train. Delegates travelling by rail from London Paddington and other selected routes via GWR are eligible for highly discounted fares for as little as £44 for an anytime, open return.

Bristol is well known for it’s digital and creative industries and is home to many internationally recognised companies such as Aardman Animations, HP Labs and Strava. The region is also at the heart of the South West Aerospace Cluster, the largest of its kind in the UK. It supports 98,000 jobs and has been valued at £7bn. Airbus, Rolls Royce and BAE all have headquarters based in Bristol. With two leading universities and an abundance of talented professionals linked to key sectors, Bristol is an attractive destination for both corporate and association conferences.

Key conferencing venues for large events include Ashton Gate Stadium, the University of Bristol, the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel and the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel.

Bristol will increase it’s capacity in the near future with the addition of the upcoming YTL Bristol Arena (due to open 2023). It will consist of three halls including a multi-purpose, flexible space that can be utilised for corporate events and a 17,000-seat arena, making it the third largest arena in the UK. Ashton Gate Stadium are also planning a new development of a 4,000 capacity sports and convention centre, adjacent to their current venue.

There are an abundance of creative venues in and around Bristol that are perfect for conferencing including We The Curious - Bristol’s interactive science centre, Brunel’s SS Great Britain the worlds first luxury cruise liner which boasts event space both on and off the ship and Aerospace Bristol, home to the last Concorde to ever fly which was built in Bristol.

Below are some examples of conferences & events that have taken place in Bristol:

  • Anthropology and Technology Conference
  • Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists Spring Conference
  • Encounters Film Festival
  • Global Parliament of Mayors Annual Summit  
  • LLVM European Developers Conference
  • Royal College of Nursing Conferences

Our experienced team at Meet Bristol can assist you in bringing your conference to Bristol or the surrounding areas.

Working with over 60 venues we provide a free to use venue finding service and specialise in providing competitive venue options to match your requirements. We can efficiently provide you with an event proposal outlining available locations, price points and access details.

We can also negotiate bedroom rates at residential properties for bookings of 20 or more people. We can reserve the required accommodation and provide an easy to use link in order to manage delegate room bookings online.

A full range of our complimentary services are as below:

  • Preparation of bids
  • Arrange venue and destination familiarisation visits
  • Venue finding – Sourcing quotes from a wide range of venues and hotels
  • Book your venue and accommodation, plus set up of a bespoke booking link
  • Provide travel and transport advice and solutions
  • Source conference partner organisations and suppliers
  • Suggest social/partner programmes
  • Supply you with images and maps for delegate bags
  • Provide impartial advice and assistance

Allow us to give your event a smooth head start and make an enquiry with us today.  

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‘Meet Bristol provided a fantastic service in scoping last minute conference venues across Bristol for our upcoming campaigner training days. They collected the parameters of our request and liaised directly with venues, looking for the best price and facilities they could to suit our needs. It saved lots of time and effort and removed all of the hassle of contacting countless venues via their own online portals for availability. I cannot recommend the service more highly and will no doubt be using the service again in the future’.

Adam Bailey – Unicef UK

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